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In the business world, it’s hard to throw a rock without hitting a compliance requirement. All must be obeyed, but some call for a high level of control and auditability. Governing bodies are exerting their authority like never before, increasing the number of auditors and handing out ...
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology leverages modern IT infrastructure and big-data analytics to power a pioneering research project incubator and genomic medicine innovator.
A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significan...
One of the many questions that companies face when introducing new enterprise systems either to provide new functionality or incorporate legacy systems from a merger or acquisition is "How do we identify and manage access rights?" Not only do new access approval processes need to be e...
The world of business is changing. Disruptive shifts in power are forcing everyone to question the established status quo. In particular, savvy chief executives are tasking IT organizations to help create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile oper...
One of the key driving factors behind the various web/mobile performance initiatives is the fact that end-users’ tolerance for latency has nose-dived. Several studies have been published whereby it has been demonstrated that poor performance routinely impacts the bottom line, viz,. # u...
Node.js and io.js are increasingly being used to run JavaScript on the server side for many types of applications, such as websites, real-time messaging and controllers for small devices with limited resources. For DevOps it is crucial to monitor the whole application stack and Node.js...
In the first part of this series, we discussed the evolution of Azure IaaS and role of Azure Resource Manager. The next installment of the series explains the key differences between Azure Service Management (ASM) and Azure Resource Management (ARM) models. We will also take a look at ...
No modern enterprise stands alone; each is dependent upon a network of trading partners to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace. But in most cases, the lack of business to business (B2B) integration is holding back efforts to evolve into a true digital business. A high-pe...
The burgeoning trends around DevOps are translating into new types of IT infrastructure that both developers and operators can take advantage of. The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer thought leadership discussion focuses on the burgeoning trends around DevOps and how that’s ...
"Going mobile" seems to be the mantra of modern day enterprises, with 63 percent of them firmly believing that mobility leads to competitive advantage. Their belief is not without cause, as a recent survey by Nielson reports that 93 percent of consumers who research products via mobile...
I'm often guilty of sticking my head in the sand, ignoring very small details that could turn into big problems later on. Like when Netflix told me my credit card was about to expire, but it seemed like such a boring task, so I ignored them...till the day Netflix stopped working. I gru...
Python has long been a go-to language for developers creating cutting-edge web applications. However, Python’s advantages of power, versatility, flexibility and ease of programming have made it a favorite language in a multitude of applications, industries, and niches. Examples of Pyt...
During the early days of my career, I used a variety of development environments, including the most popular Turbo C along with FoxPro, PowerBuilder, and Delphi before finally settling down with Microsoft Visual Studio. The first line of code that I have ever written was in QBasic run...
As the title suggests one way to approach the ‘Platform Business Model' (described in detail in our library section), is to consider how it is being adapted for specific industry sectors, via Cloud-centric acronyms such as: GaaP - Government as a Platform BaaP - Banking as a Platform...
If you’ve been following along the DevCentral team’s journey toward F5 Certification, then you may be aware that we were in Chicago last week for F5’s Agility 2016 conference and took our 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals exam. I am happy to report that all of us, Jason, John, Chas...
I just had to write an Olympic-themed headline, since today is the first day of the 2016 Summer Games! I love the Olympics. It's so much fun watching athletes do what they're best at. Plus, they have the extra challenge this year of swimming or boating in polluted, mucky water-so it's ...
Imagine if every PhD dissertation resulted in something that changed the world? That's what happened when Roy Fielding presented his doctoral dissertation on the "representational state transfer" at University of California-Irvine in 2000. This dissertation laid the groundwork for th...
Although security is one of the most talked about topics in the IT channel today, there’s a widespread lack of education and awareness in the workplace. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are welcoming more technology into their everyday environment, but the rapid development of ...
While visiting a customer last week (a large SaaS platform company), we started to have an interesting discussion around Service Level Agreements (SLAs) during which he encouraged me to write this blog. When I was tasked with setting up the QoS Team at DoubleClick in 1999, the primary...
The enterprise is enjoying a period of rapid technological innovation driven by real-time collaboration on a grand scale. New tools have brought the ability to work from anywhere, on any device, and at any time. Centralized offices and individually assigned desks are giving way to a di...
This is the second in a two part series of posts pertaining to using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part I here which includes overview, background and information about the tools used and related topics.
Have you seen people wandering around in public spaces, eyes glued to their smartphones, pausing and turning in different directions as if seeking some invisible landmark? Chances are you’ve spotted someone playing Pokémon GO, a location-based augmented reality game that is taking the ...
The next BriefingsDirect business innovation for procurement case study examines how UPS modernizes and streamlinines its procure-to-pay processes. Learn how UPS - across billions of dollars of supplier spend per year - automates supply-chain management and leverages new technologies ...
The Citrix Technology Professionals Program, or CTP, gives participants a larger say in essential strategy initiatives such as enabling mobile work styles. As an example, we will explore how the Citrix Technology Professionals Program, or CTPs as they are referred to, gives participan...
Having automated workflows sounds like a sexy thing. And it is. It feels pretty awesome to be able to initiate a process with a button and forget about it while the work gets done. But that doesn’t mean you have to automate every process in your office. I mean, I think people can take...
More than with previous technological (r)evolutions a side effect of cloud computing seems to be an increase in the degree of centralisation and concentration, not just within company organisations, but particularly in the wider commercial market. This is the most obvious with Software...
Clouds are typically classified into four different topologies: private, public, community and hybrid clouds. Let’s focus on hybrid clouds: what are the use cases that require this topology, what are the challenges, and who stands to benefit from the hybrid cloud trend? First off, a d...
Companies are exploiting technology advances in procurement and finance services to produce new types of productivity benefits. We'll now hear from a procurement expert on how companies can better manage their finances and have tighter control over procurement processes and their supp...
It seems like every day we see reminders of the importance of thorough security testing from all areas of the software world. Security has become an especially critical consideration for APIs in recent years. Organizations rely on APIs to share and receive information - either from a t...
Are you still pondering whether to integrate cloud computing services into the structure of your IT network? You are not the only one. Most IT professionals are very concerned about data security, so they aren’t that willing to switch to cloud computing solutions that easily. It’s a fa...
When digital laggards finally recognize the degree of change digital technologies will force upon their businesses, and desperately try to outrun the inescapable Darwinian effect of their slow start, they will be faced with not one, but three ages of digital transformation to navigate ...
The need to add more features on shorter release cycles is ubiquitous. At some point we will reach the threshold of gaining efficiencies and quality will begin to degrade. There is some evidence that we’ve reached and crossed that threshold already. In the late 1960's the National Sch...
A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation of cloud on the automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the applica...
A BriefingsDirect business innovation thought leadership discussion on how companies are exploiting advances in procurement and finance services to produce new types of productivity benefits. We'll now hear from a leading industry analyst on how more data, process integration, and an...
Most business people only select enterprise grade software once or twice during their entire lifetimes, if at all. Companies hire consultants to help with the Request for Proposal (RFP) and to guide them through the search process. Selection teams create extensive RFPs that cover the m...
Cloud computing is rewriting the books on information technology (IT) but inter-cloud networking remains a key operational issue. Layering inherently global cloud services on top of a globally fractured networking infrastructure just doesn’t work. Incompatibilities abound and enterpris...
Cybercrime costs the global economy as much as $450 billion each year. And, the median cost of cybercrime has increased by nearly 200% in the last five years. Meanwhile, collaboration has become the cornerstone of successful organizations. But collaboration often comes with a risk. ...
Over the years, marketing in general has shifted from outbound “interruption-based” marketing to inbound “get found” marketing. This means demonstrating thought leadership while creating remarkable content, and sharing it through channels in which people with interest can find it. This...
Mitigating downtime requires good workflows, human response and – most importantly – proper alarms to alert relevant individuals when things go wrong. Proper incident notification is crucial to effect management of IT downtime. Proper IT management requires proper incident management...